Giatec Scientific

Giatec Scientific Inc. is a Canadian-based company with headquarters located in Ottawa, Ontario. It is a developer and manufacturer of nondestructive testing quality control and condition assessment devices for the construction industry.

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Giatec Scientific Inc.
Type Private
Industry Measuring and testing device manufacturing
Founded 2010; 11 years ago (2010)
Founders
  • Aali R. Alizadeh
  • Pouria Ghods
Headquarters

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Canada
Area served
Worldwide
Products
Number of employees
10-50
Website giatec.ca

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Giatec Scientific Inc. was co-founded by Pouria Ghods of Carleton University and Aali R. Alizadeh of the University of Ottawa in September 2010. The pair began working with advisers at Invest Ottawa, who arranged sources, funding and ideas to bring Giatec’s products to the market.

The company’s first product was a sensor to detect corrosion speed in the rebar/steel inside concrete. Unlike other non-destructive testing methods available at the time, Giatec used mobile-based applications software and smart technology to collect and analyze data.[1]

In 2012, Giatec became independent of Invest Ottawa.[2] That year, after the collapse of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake in 2012, Giatec’s equipment was used in the forensic structural examination that was initiated as part of the public inquiry.[3][4]

Giatec has developed a variety of testing devices and sensors for measurement of concrete permeability, electrical resistivity measurement of concrete, half-cellcorrosion, corrosion rate, concrete temperature, and concrete maturity.[5][6][7] In 2014, Giatec won the Rio Info 2013 Innovation Award, and in 2014, the company was included in the Ottawa Business Journal’s annual list of “Startups to Watch”.[5] Giatec is also the recipient of Ottawa’s Top 10 Fastest Growing Companies,[8] and Canada’s Top 500 Fastest Growing Companies in 2018.[9]

Giatec also began to develop Internet of Things (IoT) applications for the construction industry through wireless concrete temperature and maturity sensors.[10][11] In March 2015, the company released a new electrical resistivity monitoring device that sends data directly to a smartphone through a downloadable application. In October 2016, Giatec released Smart Concrete,[12] a new IoT-based solution for ready-mix concrete producers.

Giatec was awarded a $2.4M grant by the SDTC to commercialize a new clean-tech solution to optimize the amount of cement used by readymix concrete producers.[13] On Nov. 19th, Paul Loucks (Ottawa tech veteran and former CEO of Halogen Software) joined Giatec as the new CEO of the company.[14]

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